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Media Industry in Somaliland: The Current Practice and its law and other regulatory Frameworks

This paper examines the current situation of the Somaliland media industry and its regulatory frame work including laws, policies, complaining and licensing procedures, contents regulations, core principles and doctrines based on ethics, fairness and equal opportunity related to printing, broadcasting, electronic and social media whether it’s private media or publicly owned one. The paper discusses how weak institutions and lack of application of the law and other regulatory framework of the media contributed to the under-development of Somaliland media and its current situation. The study questions why regulatory frameworks are not applied and enforced, the ways in which legal and other regulatory framework can contribute to the development and quality service of the media. The conclusion that could be expected from the study is to come up with some recommendations for the future development of the Somaliland media and consolidation of the freedom of expression because media is the backbone and corner stone of the freedom of expression which is one of the basic human rights for modern society to survive.

Adam Haji-Ali Ahmed

Advocate, conflict resolution practitioner, Researcher, Lecturer, the Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) of the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.